Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a quiz on Unit 4 Lesson 1 today. He has room for improvement in terms of vocabulary memorization and retention, but that is something that comes with time and practice. I will continue to work with him to help him improve his study skills. He has 16 vocabulary words to learn next week, where I will give him another quiz both in Listening and Reading. We also reviewed the previous lesson as well as moving on to preview next week's lesson and vocabulary. I provided him with a systematic way to study characters that might suit him well. I look forward to seeing his progress as time goes on."
"The student had a little "act" to prepare for her Chinese class next week, so today's focus is on her "act." First I helped her to analyze and correct the mistakes she made on a written quiz; she got a 4.8 out of 5 which is really good. The biggest problem for her is the numbers (above 100 thousands), so we practiced saying and identifying the big numbers. It's very hard because Chinese and English are two completely different ways of counting big numbers, so I made her a chart. It gave her tools to use when she encounters big numbers. Then we rehearsed her little "act" dialog, and recorded it a few times switching roles so she could hear how it sounds in different people's voices. At the end, she had already memorized everything. Practice a few more times before the presentation should work out just fine."
"The student completed workbook questions on numbers and telling time. He had already written his answers in pinyin. He rewrote all answers using characters. After, we practiced telling time and describing what time activities take place."
"Today the student was joined by his two friends, so we played a game to get them speaking more in a casual setting. I quizzed them on their colors and numbers, and then we played Chinese Go Fish, which required them to ask in Chinese for the number/ color they needed. It took the whole lesson, in part because we spent a lot of time making sure they had accurate tones for all the vocabulary. For next week, I asked that they watch three brief cartoons about Chinese idioms and listen to the CD for the second and third chapters of Chinese Made Easy."
"I prepared a few videos of Chinese children's songs for the student. She was happy to hear the same songs again, such as the jasmine flower song. Then I reviewed the holiday vocabulary with her. After that she got to know two other new words. When I told her the word, she drew it in pictures on the paper or board."
"After a brief review of pinyin basics and number basics, which the student was getting better with, we started a new section regarding the names of the four seasons. Writing and speaking practices support her memorization of the new characters. Daily homework was given at the end of the class."